Competitions for High School Students

Through the competitions, the Challey School of Music hopes to identify and support the developing careers of promising young musicians.

High School Music Performance Competition

Deadline: Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The competition is for promising high-school age performers in piano, voice, and wind and percussion instruments.

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Competitions for Composers

Edwin Fissinger Choral Competition


NDSU Challey School of Music honors the legacy and traditions of noted choral composer and long-time NDSU choral conductor Edwin Fissinger with its annual choral composition competition.

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J. Samuel Pilafian Composition Contest


North Dakota State University is pleased to announce the formation of a composition contest in memory of the late Sam Pilafian. The winning composer will receive a commission to compose a new work as a memorial to the work of Sam Pilafian in his time as a guest faculty member at NDSU as well as his contributions to the music world.

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